|My hubby's electronic gadgets...|
So here is what I created, using stuff that I had on hand. (I'll later discuss how to make it more elegant — incorporating some feedback from hubby — but then it will also cost extra to make.)
|Just a little more elegant solution than a ziplock bag...|
|Interior of my iPod/mp3 player & speaker carrying case...|
Here's what you'll need for this one:
- a couple of pieces of coordinating fabric (mine were 25.75" x 5.25" each)
- one or two pieces of fusible interfacing (I used Decor Bond, 21.5" x 4")
- one or two pieces of fusible fleece (21.5" x 4") or better yet, quilt batting (cut to the same size as your main fabric)
- four hair elastics
- a large button
- matching and contrasting thread
I only interfaced the interior fabric, but you are, of course, free to interface both to provide extra protection for your contents. Whether or not you need to do both may depend on what type of fabric you use. (For those who have been following along, you will probably recognize the brown faux suede that was a skirt of mine in a previous life from the Wave Purse Organizer project; the blue interior fabric is also a faux suede, but it used to be a drapery panel.)
Cut Fabric and Apply InterfacingCut your fabric, fuse on the interfacing and then fuse the fleece on top of the interfacing. Pin the two pieces of fabric together, wrong sides out.
|Apply interfacing and pin with right sides together...|
Note: If you are using a single piece of quilt batting, pin it to the wrong side of the lining piece.
Sew it UpSew all the way around, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Be sure to leave a suitable turning gap (3" will do) along one of the long edges. Then take a glass or a bowl (whichever you use will depend on the width of your project) and trace a curved edge at both ends.
|Trace a curved edge at both ends...|
Sew along the curved line and then carefully cut the excess fabric away, leaving about 1/4". Trim your corners while you're at it. (If you use quilt batting, clip it as close to your stitching line as possible.)
|Trim excess fabric away...|
Turn right side out and press well, paying particular attention to the turning gap.
|Remember to use a pressing cloth if necessary!|
Topstitch the two curved edges with a contrasting thread.
Create the PocketsThe next step is basically to fold and sew, but you also need to figure out where to install the elastic closures along the sides of the bottom pocket (i.e., the pocket that will be on the bottom of the case when it's folded shut).
Fold the two ends inwards to create the desired size of pockets that you need (mine were 5.5" and 6.5") and pin around the edges. Then fold the case shut to determine the placement of your elastic closures.
|Determine proper placement for your elastic closures...|
Using thread that matches your exterior fabric, sew a 1/4" seam allowance around the sides of both pockets. Be sure to catch the elastic in your stitching! (Whether it was my fabric or my ancient sewing machine, I had a lot of trouble stitching the "tips" at the end of the curves and in the corners.)
Finish it UpFinish by sewing (on top of your existing stitching) around the entire perimeter of the case with the contrasting thread that you used to topstitch around the curves. If you follow this "two thread approach", you will end up with stitches that are much better looking than what I ended up with.
|Add a button and you're done...|
All you have to do now is to sew on a button at the appropriate spot to anchor your elastics.
So here's the word from my hubby: he likes it and appreciates my handiwork. The fastening part with the elastics and button he's not so much a fan of, because he says, "Most guys, when they're in a hurry, they'll probably undo the wrong one [loop] and then they get this mess" — at which point, he showed me a semi-knotted loop around the button. So there you have it.
I chose to make this the simplest way that I could with what I had around the house. The closure could certainly have been made with tabs made out of fabric and secured with Velcro or with elasticized fabric tabs and a clip or a buckle, but that's for someone else to try.
Maybe you. ;-)
If you want to have a copy of this tutorial in PDF format,
you can download it for free here.
you can download it for free here.